Kos covers the incredible Democratic performance in yesterday's special elections in Missouri. ...in three heavily Republican districts, Dems retained a state house seat, picked up another, and came within a sliver of winning the last.
In the 132nd, Democrats picked up a seat in a district that Bush carried with 71 percent of the vote in 2004. It is the fourth most conservative district in the entire state house, it's part of DeLay's chief lieutenant Rep. Roy Blunt's district, yet the Dem garnered 56 percent of the vote. From the Democratic Party's press release:
"In a stunning victory, Charlie Dake won one of the most conservative districts in rural Southwest Missouri, the 132nd in Lawrence County. To put things in perspective, John Kerry only received 28.5% of the vote in 2004, and Matt Blunt got OVER 71%. This district is right in Matt Blunt's backyard, and it just goes to show that the people that know Matt Blunt the most, voted for the Republicans the least."
Matt Blunt is Roy Blunt's son, and he edged out McCaskill in the 2004 governor's race precisely because of big margins in districts like this one. The results from this district are nothing short of catastrophic for the Missouri GOP.
This is turning out to be the best news day since Clinton beat GHW Bush.